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Michael Gerckens wins a poster prize in the section Cell Biology at the 60th DGP Annual Congress.

Michael Gerckens; Source ©Felix Ritzmann

Michael Gerckens, MD candidate and physician scientists at the ILBD / CPC in the core unit "Live Cell Imaging" (head: Gerald Burgstaller) was awarded a poster prize in the Section Cell Biology. The outstanding contribution of the junior scientist Michael Gerckens has been honored by a jury at the DGP-Autumn-Conference of the Cell Biology Section in Essen in November last year and has now been awarded at the next level at the opening and award ceremony of the DGP Annual Congress.

Michael’s project is focused on translational aspects of respiratory medicine. In the work of the award-winning lecture titled "High-throughput drug screening of ECM deposition inhibitors for antifibrotic drug discovery", the scientists developed a phenotypic high-throughput assay to discover and develop new drugs against fibrotic pulmonary disease (eg idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis). Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a severe restrictive lung disease with a mean survival of 3-5 years.  

The 60th DGP Congress of the German Society of Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine has been organized together with the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Pneumology and offered the two professional societies a platform for scientific and personal exchange in Munich, from March 13th till 16th. The realization that many pneumological diseases in adulthood have their origin or at least essential foundations already in childhood, has become established in recent years, according to the foreword of the DGP-Congress Presidents Prof. Jürgen Behr, Head of Pulmonology at the University Hospitalof the LMU and the Asklepios Clinic Gauting and Prof. Erika von Mutius, Director of the German Center for Lung Research at the site CPC-M, head of the Asthma and Allergy Unit at the Dr. von Haunersche Kinderspital at the University Hospital of the LMU and Director of the Institute of Asthma and Allergy Research at the Helmholtz Zentrum München.

As part of the congress, lectures and scientific training courses, symposia and seminars for the different professions in the field of pneumology were offered to Respiratory Physicians, Pediatric Respiratory Physicians, Internists, Allergists, Thoracic Surgeons and General Health Professionals. Award ceremonies were held during the congress and are being advertised by both the DGP and the co-operating institutions.

The German Society of Pneumologie and Respiratory Medicine is the largest and at the same time oldest medical society for lung and bronchial diseases in the German-speaking area and sees itself as a forum for all doctors and scientists active in the field of pneumology. Publication organ of the society is since 1981 the magazine "pneumology". The several days lasting congress of the German Society of Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine takes place annually. In recent years, the number of participants has averaged over 3,000.




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